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Jazzmasters 1

Paul Hardcastle

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Album Review

By the time Paul Hardcastle and vocalist Helen Rodgers released Jazzmasters III in the summer of 1999, their blend of fusion, jazz, pop, new age, and worldbeat had become well known in contemporary jazz. At this stage in their career, most smooth jazz musicians become complacent, and it's to Hardcastle's credit that he pushes forward. Not that Jazzmasters III will sound different or unusual to any fan of the first two albums: it still has the signature Jazzmaster sound. Nevertheless, there are subtle differences, such as the instrumentals getting spacier and the vocal numbers being strong showcases for Rodgers. As such, this is the richest and arguably best Jazzmasters yet.


Born: 10 December 1957 in London, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A producer and keyboardist from London, Paul Hardcastle debuted as a solo artist in 1984 and scored the following year with "19," an electro-oriented record featuring news reports and other sources on Vietnam. It became a major hit in his native country; in the U.S., it topped Billboard's club chart. Later, he produced and did remixes for artists such as Ian Dury and Phil Lynott. He continued to sell well in the specialty dance market and occasionally released records as part of the duo Kiss the...
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